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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933574/-long-term-hrv-analysis-shows-stress-reduction-by-magnesium-intake
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Elmar Wienecke, Claudia Nolden
BACKGROUND: Mental pressure and stress represent an ever-increasing socio-political challenge. The heart rate variability (HRV) measurement, which has its origin in the cardiac function diagnosis, gives information on the neurovegetative activity. A low HRV shows an imbalance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic efferents and thus is an indicator of stress. METHOD: A randomized, controlled, two-armed parallel study with 100 participants and a period of 90 days was performed...
December 2016: MMW Fortschritte der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933260/use-of-a-10-22%C3%A2-m-diameter-epb-shield-a-case-study-in-beijing-subway-construction
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Xinggao Li, Dajun Yuan, Yuhai Guo, Zhiyong Cai
INTRODUCTION: Beijing subway line 14 includes four stations and approximately 2.8 km of tunnels between the Dongfengbeiqiao and Jingshunlu areas of the city. Due to the surface and underground space limitations of this section, a double-track running tunnel instead of two single-track running tunnels was adopted to connect the two stations. The double-track tunnels were excavated by a 10.22 m diameter earth pressure balance (EPB) shield. It was the first time that an EPB shield more than 10 m in diameter was used in Beijing subway construction...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933059/formation-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-under-low-oxygen-level
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Katja Branitzki-Heinemann, Helene Möllerherm, Lena Völlger, Diab M Husein, Nicole de Buhr, Stefanie Blodkamp, Friederike Reuner, Graham Brogden, Hassan Y Naim, Maren von Köckritz-Blickwede
Since their discovery, neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) have been characterized as a fundamental host innate immune defense mechanism. Conversely, excessive NET-release may have a variety of detrimental consequences for the host. A fine balance between NET formation and elimination is necessary to sustain a protective effect during an infectious challenge. Our own recently published data revealed that stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) by the iron chelating HIF-1α-agonist desferoxamine or AKB-4924 enhanced the release of phagocyte extracellular traps...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933039/the-contribution-of-mathematical-modeling-to-understanding-dynamic-aspects-of-rumen-metabolism
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André Bannink, Henk J van Lingen, Jennifer L Ellis, James France, Jan Dijkstra
All mechanistic rumen models cover the main drivers of variation in rumen function, which are feed intake, the differences between feedstuffs and feeds in their intrinsic rumen degradation characteristics, and fractional outflow rate of fluid and particulate matter. Dynamic modeling approaches are best suited to the prediction of more nuanced responses in rumen metabolism, and represent the dynamics of the interactions between substrates and micro-organisms and inter-microbial interactions. The concepts of dynamics are discussed for the case of rumen starch digestion as influenced by starch intake rate and frequency of feed intake, and for the case of fermentation of fiber in the large intestine...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932975/adaptations-of-prefrontal-brain-activity-executive-functions-and-gait-in-healthy-elderly-following-exergame-and-balance-training-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Alexandra Schättin, Rendel Arner, Federico Gennaro, Eling D de Bruin
During aging, the prefrontal cortex (PFC) undergoes age-dependent neuronal changes influencing cognitive and motor functions. Motor-learning interventions are hypothesized to ameliorate motor and cognitive deficits in older adults. Especially, video game-based physical exercise might have the potential to train motor in combination with cognitive abilities in older adults. The aim of this study was to compare conventional balance training with video game-based physical exercise, a so-called exergame, on the relative power (RP) of electroencephalographic (EEG) frequencies over the PFC, executive function (EF), and gait performance...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932944/role-of-homocysteine-in-the-ischemic-stroke-and-development-of-ischemic-tolerance
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REVIEW
Ján Lehotský, Barbara Tothová, Maria Kovalská, Dušan Dobrota, Anna Beňová, Dagmar Kalenská, Peter Kaplán
Homocysteine (Hcy) is a toxic, sulfur-containing intermediate of methionine metabolism. Hyperhomocysteinemia (hHcy), as a consequence of impaired Hcy metabolism or defects in crucial co-factors that participate in its recycling, is assumed as an independent human stroke risk factor. Neural cells are sensitive to prolonged hHcy treatment, because Hcy cannot be metabolized either by the transsulfuration pathway or by the folate/vitamin B12 independent remethylation pathway. Its detrimental effect after ischemia-induced damage includes accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and posttranslational modifications of proteins via homocysteinylation and thiolation...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932936/riboflavin-along-with-antibiotics-balances-reactive-oxygen-species-and-inflammatory-cytokines-and-controls-staphylococcus-aureus-infection-by-boosting-murine-macrophage-function-and-regulates-inflammation
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Somrita Dey, Biswadev Bishayi
BACKGROUND: Macrophages serve as intracellular reservoirs of S. aureus. Recent in vitro studies have confirmed high level resistance by S. aureus to macrophage mediated killing and the intracellular persistence of Staphylococci may play an important role in the pathogenesis. Since this localization protects them from both cell-mediated and humoral immune responses, therefore, a successful anti-staphylococcal therapy should include the elimination of intracellular bacteria, further protecting the host cells from staphylococci-induced cell death...
2016: Journal of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932592/the-role-of-adipose-tissue-in-cancer-associated-cachexia
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Janina A Vaitkus, Francesco S Celi
Adipose tissue (fat) is a heterogeneous organ, both in function and histology, distributed throughout the body. White adipose tissue, responsible for energy storage and more recently found to have endocrine and inflammation-modulatory activities, was historically thought to be the only type of fat present in adult humans. The recent demonstration of functional brown adipose tissue in adults, which is highly metabolic, shifted this paradigm. Additionally, recent studies demonstrate the ability of white adipose tissue to be induced toward the brown adipose phenotype - "beige" or "brite" adipose tissue - in a process referred to as "browning...
December 8, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932541/cooperation-between-kinesin-motors-promotes-spindle-symmetry-and-chromosome-organization-in-oocytes
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Sarah J Radford, Allysa Marie M Go, Kim S McKim
The oocyte spindle in most animal species is assembled in the absence of the microtubule-organizing centers called centrosomes. Without the organization provided by centrosomes, acentrosomal meiotic spindle organization may rely heavily on the bundling of microtubules by kinesin motor proteins. Indeed, the minus-end directed kinesin-14 NCD and the plus-end directed kinesin-6 Subito are known to be required for oocyte spindle organization in Drosophila melanogaster How multiple microtubule-bundling kinesins interact to produce a functional acentrosomal spindle is not known...
December 7, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932360/the-effects-of-a-high-intensity-functional-exercise-group-on-clinical-outcomes-in-hospitalised-older-adults-an-assessor-blinded-randomised-controlled-trial
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Melissa J M Raymond, Kimberley J Jeffs, Adele Winter, Sze-Ee Soh, Peter Hunter, Anne E Holland
OBJECTIVE: to investigate a high-intensity functional exercise (HIFE) group in hospitalised older adults. DESIGN: assessor-blinded, randomised-controlled trial. SETTING: sub-acute wards at a metropolitan rehabilitation hospital. PARTICIPANTS: older adults ≥65 years (n = 468) able to stand with minimum assistance or less from a chair and follow instructions. INTERVENTION: 'group' participants were offered a standing HIFE group three times a week and individual physiotherapy sessions twice a week...
December 7, 2016: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932295/the-interconnections-between-autophagy-and-integrin-mediated-cell-adhesion
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REVIEW
Ariadne Vlahakis, Jayanta Debnath
Autophagy is a cellular degradation process integral for promoting cellular adaptation during metabolic stress while also functioning as a cellular homeostatic mechanism. Mounting evidence also demonstrates that autophagy is induced upon loss of integrin-mediated cell attachments to the surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM). Analogous to its established cytoprotective role during nutrient starvation, autophagy protects cells from detachment-induced cell death, termed anoikis. Here, we review the significance of autophagy as an anoikis resistance pathway, focusing on the intracellular signals associated with integrins that modulate the autophagy response and dictate the balance between cell death and survival following loss of cell-matrix contact...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932267/human-pre-pik3c2b-an-intronic-cis-element-with-dual-function-of-activation-and-repression
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Jayant Maini, Mohsen Ghasemi, Deepti Yandhuri, Suman S Thakur, Vani Brahmachari
The Polycomb/Trithorax Responsive Elements (PRE/TREs) are the cis-regulatory sequences that interact with both repressive (PcG) as well as activating (TrxG) complexes. However, most of the mammalian PREs are demonstrated to interact with the repressive polycomb (PcG) complexes only. We have carried out an unbiased search for proteins interacting with human PRE-PIK3C2B (hPRE-PIK3C2B) based on DNA affinity purification followed by mass spectrometry and identified MLL, MLL4 and WDR87 among other proteins in three biological replicates in HEK, U87 and HeLa cell lines...
December 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932026/gene-environment-interactions-in-cortical-interneuron-development-and-dysfunction-a-review-of-preclinical-studies
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REVIEW
Lydia J Ansen-Wilson, Robert J Lipinski
Cortical interneurons (cINs) are a diverse group of locally projecting neurons essential to the organization and regulation of neural networks. Though they comprise only ∼20% of neurons in the neocortex, their dynamic modulation of cortical activity is requisite for normal cognition and underlies multiple aspects of learning and memory. While displaying significant morphological, molecular, and electrophysiological variability, cINs collectively function to maintain the excitatory-inhibitory balance in the cortex by dampening hyperexcitability and synchronizing activity of projection neurons, primarily through use of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)...
December 5, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932016/to-dance-or-not-to-dance-a-comparison-of-balance-physical-fitness-and-quality-of-life-in-older-irish-set-dancers-and-age-matched-controls
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J Shanahan, L Coman, F Ryan, J Saunders, K O'Sullivan, O Ni Bhriain, A M Clifford
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine if older adults regularly participating in Irish set dancing have superior balance, physical fitness and quality of life compared to age-matched controls. STUDY DESIGN: This study used a community-based, observational cross-sectional design. METHODS: Regular set dancers (n = 39) and age-matched controls (n = 33) were recruited. Participants were assessed using the physical activity scale for the elderly (physical activity levels), mini-BESTest (balance) and senior fitness test (battery of functional fitness tests)...
December 2016: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931844/dendritic-cells-in-hematological-malignancies
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REVIEW
Domenico Galati, Gaetano Corazzelli, Rosaria De Filippi, Antonio Pinto
Dendritic cells (DCs) are bone-marrow-derived immune cells accounted for a crucial role in initiating and modulating the adaptive immune response and supporting the innate immune response independently from T cells. While functioning as the most effective antigen-presenting cells within the immune system, DCs can otherwise induce tolerance in central and peripheral lymphoid organs acting therefore as suppressors rather than stimulators of the immune response. Within mechanisms regulating antitumor immunity, DCs can capture antigens from viable or damaged tumor cells and present the processed peptides to T-cells to prompt the generation and maintenance of an effective tumor-specific T-cell response...
December 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931827/selection-of-an-endogenous-2-3-butanediol-pathway-in-escherichia-coli-by-fermentative-redox-balance
#16
Keming Liang, Claire R Shen
Fermentative redox balance has long been utilized as a metabolic evolution platform to improve efficiency of NADH-dependent pathways. However, such system relies on the complete recycling of NADH and may become limited when the target pathway results in excess NADH stoichiometrically. In this study, endogenous capability of Escherichia coli for 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BD) synthesis was explored using the anaerobic selection platform based on redox balance. To address the issue of NADH excess associated with the 2,3-BD pathway, we devised a substrate-decoupled system where a pathway intermediate is externally supplied in addition to the carbon source to decouple NADH recycling ratio from the intrinsic pathway stoichiometry...
December 5, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931677/assuming-the-role-of-mitochondria-in-mycobacterial-infection
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REVIEW
Rikesh K Dubey
Tuberculosis is one of the leading causes of death by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) affecting millions of people worldwide. Mycobacterium species enter host macrophages during infection and target various cellular organelles and their function for their own benefit. Mitochondria appear to be among the important targets for bacterial pathogens. Mtb and other pathogenic bacteria secrete various proteins that initiate structural changes in mitochondria to modulate its function. Additionally, virulent mycobacteria interfere with the balance between pro- and anti-apoptotic factors to inhibit apoptosis and, in later stages, promote necrosis...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930907/plasticity-to-the-rescue
#18
Tatyana O Sharpee
The balance between excitatory and inhibitory inputs is critical for the proper functioning of neural circuits. Landau and colleagues show that, in the presence of cell-type-specific connectivity, this balance is difficult to achieve without either synaptic plasticity or spike-frequency adaptation to fine-tune the connection strengths.
December 7, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930818/pyridine-nucleotide-transhydrogenase-pntab-is-essential-for-optimal-growth-and-photosynthetic-integrity-under-low-light-mixotrophic-conditions-in-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803
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Jari Kämäräinen, Tuomas Huokko, Sanna Kreula, Patrik R Jones, Eva-Mari Aro, Pauli Kallio
Pyridine nucleotide transhydrogenase (PntAB) is an integral membrane protein complex participating in the regulation of NAD(P)(+) :NAD(P)H redox homeostasis in various prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. In the present study we addressed the function and biological role of PntAB in oxygenic photosynthetic cyanobacteria capable of both autotrophic and heterotrophic growth, with support from structural three-dimensional (3D)-modeling. The pntA gene encoding the α subunit of heteromultimeric PntAB in Synechocystis sp...
December 8, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930683/deep-insight-into-the-phosphatomes-of-parasitic-protozoa-and-a-web-resource-protozphosdb
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Tamanna Anwar, Samudrala Gourinath
Phosphorylation dynamically regulates the function of proteins by maintaining a balance between protein kinase and phosphatase activity. A comprehensive understanding of the role phosphatases in cellular signaling is lacking in case of protozoans of medical and veterinary importance worldwide. The drugs used to treat protozoal diseases have many undesired effects and the development of resistance, highlights the need for new effective and safer antiprotozoal agents. In the present study we have analyzed phosphatomes of 15 protozoans of medical significance...
2016: PloS One
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